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air force memorial
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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-23
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM, 0.6 ND grad
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-25 15:19
Viewed: 2681
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The United States Air Force Memorial honors the service of the personnel of the United States Air Force and its predecessors. The Memorial is located in Arlington, Virginia, on the grounds of Fort Myer near The Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery.

I have purposely exaggerated the tilt in this compo. Taken at sunrise a few days ago. The very low cityscape and the base of the memorial glow in the early morning sun.

The memorial's design features three memorial spires which range from 201 feet (61 m) to 270 feet (82 m) high and appear to be soaring; its array of stainless steel arcs against the sky evoke the image of "contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they peel back in a precision 'bomb burst' maneuver." Only three of the four contrails are depicted, at 120 degrees from each other, as the absent fourth suggests the missing man formation traditionally used at Air Force funeral fly-overs. The spire structure consists of stainless steel plates with high-strength concrete filling the lower 2/3rds of each spire.

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Hi Danilo,

This is simply an amazing shot, and you know when I saw it in thumbnail I immediately knew it is from you!
Great POV where these memorial sculptures are so wonderfully exhibited, and your decision to minor tilt in the picture worked really well.
Nice colors of the sky and perfect sharpness. Well done!


hi danilo, how are ya? its been a while, hope you are well, i love the colors and exposure + i am good with the wide angle tilt, i think it works in this one,
take care,

Hi, Danilo. A befitting tribute to our soldiers. The slight tilt and the POV with the sunrise looks serene. The standing trees and the memorial steel arcs are in attention to the memory of the souls who gave the ultimate price for our freedom. Good composition and a informative note. cheers.

Hi Danilo,
A nice presentation in wide angle picture of the United States Air Force memorial,
Great perpective and wanderful sunset sky,
good note of the sujet too,

great perspective and wonderful sunset ,

congratulations Danilo


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-10-25 22:11]

Hi Danilo,
A nice ambient in this shot depicting this monument with a splendid late sunset at the BG.
A very sharp image and a great use of the wide angle lens.
Perfect color saturation.I like the silhouetted tree at the left which is serving as a natural frame.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-10-25 22:43]

Hi Danilo...
Nice shot with so nice composition...
Nice colors...

Hey Danilo

I think the silhouette of the trees make this image happen. Very well composed. You have a great artistic eye here.


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-10-26 8:22]

Hi Danilo,

The wide-angle lens distortion works nicely to bring all elements together. The trees tend to balance the spires, which from this POV appear as if they trail off into infinity. Nice concept.


  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2010-10-26 9:48]

Olá dear Danilo
I like so much the perspective you have chooen to show us this memorial. Warm light and fine sharpness. Veryinteresting architecture.
always a pleasure to see your photos and feel your presence over here...for tis was the great power of all in TL.
Um abraço

Hi Danilo,
A beautiful wide angle shot with your 10-20 sigma which I always planned to buy but now can,t do it due to full frame body however the composition of this sun rise scene with this memorial is really a memorial shot for us.
Best Regards

hi Danilo the colurs here makes the image the pov is amzing tfs
regards bryan

Of course the tilt is exagerated but not unusual as such , that is what you get when you aim a 10-20 mm lens upward , kind of cool really , the very low skyline of the city dwellings gives scale to the tall structures as seen through this ultra wide angle lens or so it was made to appear and it works well i reckon , quite spectacular against the as spectacular sky , not a bad shot at all , thanks for sharing your special view of this monumental memorial and for the useful explanation accompanying it Danilo,

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-10-26 22:27]

Hi Danilo,
You certainly captured the sculptors intention, with this wide angled shot,One gets the feeling of flight as this sculpture reaches for the heavens. I also think your choice of timing,"Sunrise" helps very much with visualizing flight.
I also like how your inclusion of the trees,blend & balance so well with the Memorial. Well taken.
Best Wishes

Bravo Danilo pour cette extraordinaire photo.Le tilt de la composition donne une belle perspective à l'image.Beau sunrise.Bravo Danilo et TFS.Catherine.

Hello Danilo,

A most remarkable shot!
I love how you have exaggerated the tilt of the image. The two sides look like partners in a dance, bowing to each other before they begin.
The colour of the rising sun makes a fine separating line, emphasising the minimal use of the buildings.

Have a good w/e,
Bev :-)

The wide angle lens and the low POV were adequate choices to bring out the shapes of this monument, Danilo. The inclusion of the trees, that undergo the same wide angle effect, was a good idea too, as it now looks as if these trees were part of this architectural concept. Colors are rather oversatured for my taste, but why not in this particular case, as you achieved an almost abstract composition...
TFS & kind regards,

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